Nowadays, it is not so hard to find for yourself a big list rounding up the best Phở restaurants in town to come in the middle of a windy day in Saigon. However, are you actually aware of these four long-established Phở restaurants that have been around for roughly 60 years up to now? Check out the disclosure below and get to know where true Saigonese Phở lovers actually pay their visit to and note down in your Saigon food tour list.
No matter whether it is Saigon or Hanoi, Phở occupies a significant position in the hearts of Vietnamese and one of the favorite must-eat dishes in your Saigon food tour. Some of the highly reputed Southern Phở has been around for nearly 50 years and still welcoming a huge number of customers in and out of the country. These names can be known as Phở Phú Gia down the street of Lý Chính Thắng, Phở Thìn on Nguyễn Đình Chiểu Street, Phú Vương on Lê Văn Sỹ, Dũng on Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai and so on. However, the four big names below are always ranked top as the biggest stars that have lived their life for roughly 6 decades, and counting!
1. Phở Dậu
First off, when hunting down the best authentic Northern Phở in Saigon, big foodies must definitely recall Phở Dậu, a long-founded shop near the bridge of Nguyễn Văn Trỗi. Long ago, Phở Dậu was once commonly named as “phở Nguyễn Cao Kỳ” due to the fact that Mr. Nguyễn Cao Kỳ, Vice President of the Republic of Vietnam paid a regular visit to this dining site.
Outside Phở Dậu (Source: Google)
More than 55 years have gone by, the brand “Phở Dậu” is still not letting down any loyal fans of Northern Phở every time they happen to pass by Alley 288 down the street Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa. A portion of Phở Dậu comes in with a strong and pure broth eaten along with the small sliced pickled onion. Phở Dậu, apparently, is still preserving its truest Northern taste by going without the additives of fresh herbs, bean sprout or thick soy sauce as seen in any other Southern Phở bistros. Hence, do not expect to witness any beef balls served atop when coming to Phở Dậu restaurant.
The tender sweetness (Source: Google)
2. Phở Hòa
If Phở Dậu is the best Northern Phở restaurant in Saigon, then Phở Hoà steals the spotlight of the most popular Phở restaurant amongst the foreign visitor community during their trips to the city.
As repeatedly recalled in various “must-eat places” list for Saigon travel beginners, the name Phở Hoà is usually recommended by many tourists. With only a portion at Phở Hoà, you can last for half a day without feeling hungry. A bowl of Phở Hoà is filled with noodles, beef of all types, fresh veggies, bean sprout and a plate of fried hollow Chinese breadsticks ready displayed on each table.
Typical Southern Phở (Source: Google)
3. Phở Minh
Coincidently born on the Pasteur street with Phở Hoà, Phở Minh is indeed owning a significant variation. Living over half a century in the middle of the hectic Saigon, Phở Minh is still holding in itself a precious tranquility as if the surrounding fast pace of life can never make any impact on the restaurant. This little shop is located at the back of Alley 63 and hence gets to be easily skipped if no prior notice is alerted.
Phở Minh (Source: Google)
Going with the flow of time, the interior ambiance at Phở Minh restaurant is filled with a heritage-like vibe that outstands the shop against the rest of other Phở bistros in town. Tables and chairs are all wood-made while coming customers all dine in an utmost serenity. The taste of Phở Minh is made for those loving the finest initial savor of Northern Phở, fresh, pure and tender.
4. Phở Cao Vân
The one big star that ends our list today is nothing else rather than Phở Cao Vân at 25 Mạc Đĩnh Chi Street, District 1). The name Phở Cao Vân goes without a loving image of an old man sitting at the corner of the shop collecting money. The man is known as Mr. Trần Văn Phồn. His interesting story starts with a small Phở vendor in Hanoi following the ups and downs of warfare down to Saigon and soon opened the very first restaurant with his wife on the street of Trần Cao Vân in 1952. In the end, he ended up settling down at the current address of Mạc Đĩnh Chi street.
A sample of Northern Phở (Source: Google)
Living its life for over six decades in the middle of the huge vertical blocks of buildings, Phở Cao Vân is still a familiar place to go for many Saigonese loving the Northern savor.
Interior (Source: Google)
Your Saigon food tour alternatives are now even better fulfilled with our recommendations above. Why not make it your next big thing to do in Saigon with a local culinary tour guide?